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Dr. Jacob Prabhakar, medical director of Ruby Nelson Memorial Hospital, heads a team of professionals who conduct screening clinics in rural communities to find candidates for surgical procedures which entails removing the defective lens and implanting an intraocular lens.
Medical staff with their basic screening equipment travel to remote rural villages to find those needing cataract surgery.
Patients selected for surgery are transported to a local hospital equipped for surgery, or to the Ruby Nelson Memorial Hospital. Patients are prepared for the surgical procedure by trained personnel.
Cataract surgery takes only 2-3 minutes for each patient. Patients are prepped in such a way that as many as 300 surgeries can be performed in just one day.
After surgery, patients are kept up to three days for post-operative care and observation before they return to their home village.
Each patient is presented with a gift pack of materials in their own language, which is designed to improve their health and to help them understand that we care about their well-being and vision.
You might be surprised to find that India is home to the world’s largest number of blind people. Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India – a direct result of its under development and large population living in poverty – especially in Northern India. Medical research has shown that 75% reported cases of blindness in India were the result of avoidable blindness.
Most of this blindness comes from lack of medical treatment at an early age as result of uncorrected near-sightedness and far-sightedness, and the most common culprit being cataracts, which cloud the lens of the eye. Simply put those in poverty cannot afford simple treatments and remote villages do not have access to the treatments. Your support provides a mobile service that visits villages, finds suitable candidates and transports them to Ruby Nelson Memorial Hospital for corrective surgery. We stop the poverty cycle. Thankfully, eyesight can be restored by means of a very simple surgery.